In North Carolina, there were 72 motorcyclists killed in the first six months of 2013, down from 84 deaths during the same period of 2012. This means 14 percent fewer motorcycle riders lost their lives last year than the year prior.
While it is good news that the number of deadly motorcycle collisions decreased, North Carolina’s decline in deaths was smaller than the national reduction. Furthermore, 2013 is only the second year since 1997 that the number of deadly accidents has decreased nationwide. This means that there are still record-high number of motorcyclists being killed in the United States. Victims of motorcycle accidents or surviving family members of those lost in deadly crashes should consult with a Greensboro motorcycle accident attorney for help making an injury claim.
Safety Tips to Reduce Motorcycle Collisions
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), there was a seven percent decline in motorcycle collisions nationwide in the first part of 2013. However, the report indicates that the reduction in deaths happened because the weather was not as nice as it was in the year prior.
In 2013, the weather was both wetter and colder. As a result, there were fewer motorcycle riders on the roads and thus fewer chances for deadly collisions. The death toll did not come down because of improved safety.
In warmer weather years, this means that the number of motorcyclists who are killed is likely to continue the upward trajectory we have seen over the past two decades, unless motorists make a commitment to safety. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the goal is to educate drivers and riders about the dangers as the weather starts to get warm. Public education campaigns during Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month aim to get both motorcyclists and those in passenger cars focused on being careful as more riders will be on the streets in the summer.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided a list of safety tips to kick off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. These tips advise motorcyclists and drivers to:
- Focus on the road and not drive distracted.
- Be safe about sharing lanes. Motorcyclists should ride in the middle to maximize visibility and drivers should give them the full lane width and not try to drive along side them.
- Stay sober when driving.
- Use appropriate signaling. Drivers and riders both need to use signals before they change lanes or merge. Motorcyclists should use both their turn signal as well as hand signals and drivers should be on the lookout for riders. Drivers should also be aware that motorcycle signals don’t turn off automatically, and so there is a greater chance the signal could be left on accidentally.
By following these tips and making an effort to share the road in a safe and responsible way at all times, hopefully the death toll can start to decline because of improvements in safety and not just because of bad weather.
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